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Wikipedia Description: Freedom Plaza
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Freedom Plaza, originally known as Western Plaza, is an open plaza in Northwest Washington, D.C., United States, located at the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, adjacent to Pershing Park. Constructed in 1980, the plaza is mostly composed of stone, inlaid with a depiction of parts of Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant's plan for the City of Washington. Most of the plaza is raised above street level. The western end of the plaza contains a large fountain, while the eastern end of the plaza contains an equestrian statue of Kazimierz Pulaski. The plaza is one block south of the "Freedom Plaza" historical marker at stop number W.7 of the Civil War to Civil Rights Downtown Heritage Trail at 13th and E Streets, NW.
The plaza was renamed in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., who worked on his "I Have a Dream" speech in the nearby Willard Hotel. In 1988, a time capsule containing a Bible, a robe, and other relics of King's was planted at the site. It will be reopened in 2088.
The John A. Wilson Building, the seat of the District of Columbia government, faces the plaza, as does the historic National Theatre, which has been visited by every U.S. President since it opened in 1835. Three large hotels are to the north and west.
Freedom Plaza is a popular place for political protests and civic events. In May of 1968, it was home to a shanty town known as "Resurrection City" erected by protesters affiliated with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Poor People’s Campaign, although this protest, in the wake of King's assassination, ultimately proved unsuccessful and the inhabitants of the tent city were dispersed by June of the same year.
Freedom Plaza is also one of the settings in Dan Brown's 2009 novel The Lost Symbol, in part because of the Plaza's location at the intersection of Metro lines. The Federal Triangle Metro station, which sits on the Blue and Orange Lines, is across Pennsylvania Avenue from the pla ...More...
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2018_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (3 photos from 2018)
2017_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (24 photos from 2017)
2016_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (8 photos from 2016)
2013_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (2 photos from 2013)
2010_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (5 photos from 2010)
2009_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (9 photos from 2009)
2008_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (1 photos from 2008)
2007_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (1 photos from 2007)
2006_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (2 photos from 2006)
2002_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (4 photos from 2002)
1999_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (1 photos from 1999)
1997_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (3 photos from 1997)
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2020 photos: The year is too new to have anything to report. The Covid-19 disaster cut off most events here in DC after March 11 and even cut off going outside after awhile. Here's hoping honesty and integrity wins for a change this November.
Partially Reviewed: Rough draft. I've gone through these pictures once, removing the worst ones, some duplication, etc. I usually take sequences of 4 or 5 pictures at a time and there are lots of near duplicates. I'll be doing a final review later which will cull the pictures down some. To be honest though, I'm way behind on doing final reviews.